Almost three weeks after Hurricane Matthew passed through South Carolina, the cleanup and recovery continue.
To help ease the burden of recovery on victims, Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday the state wants to make sure that victims can get every type of assistance they need in assistance in one stop.
“We have now opened up four disaster recovery centers. One in Orangeburg, Marion, Williamsburg and Dorchester. That’s where people can go and sign up for any individual assistance,” Haley said in a press conferece. “I think it’s very important that, for the residents who were affected, that they don’t have to find the services that they need. We bring the services to them.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved 23 counties for public assistance (reimbursements to government and local agencies for cleanup and repair work) and 24 counties have qualified for individual assistance, so residents can apply for help.
Individual assistance can include money for temporary rent, essential home repairs for primary homes, low interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and other recovery programs.
Haley said some roads and bridges still remain closed. “I am very proud of DOT, because we really started with hundreds and hundreds of roads closed and we are now down to 54 roads that are closed and five bridges. All of those closures are right in that Pee Dee area where we had the flooding,” said Haley.
All of the power outages caused by the storm have been restored. “To go from 800,061 outages to back to normal is a credit to our utilities,” the governor said.